SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Nearly 40 people held a candlelight vigil Thursday for a woman shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in La Jolla.
On June 23, at around 12:30 a.m., Nina Silver and several other people were in an alleyway near Pearl and Cuvier streets when a light-colored sedan passed by, San Diego police said.
Someone inside the vehicle opened fire at the group before the vehicle sped away. The 20-year-old Silver died, and police said three other people were hospitalized but survived.
Cheyenne Dephilippis, who was with Silver at the time of the shooting, said, “I remember sitting on the floor and trying to help her. I remember telling her to keep strong and we needed her, and she couldn’t leave us like that.”
Dephilippis said she doesn’t know why they opened fire. She thought they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Silver graduated from Poway High School in 2017. She was ready to leave for New York to study nursing at NYU, and friends said she wanted to become a social worker.
Dephilippis, the organizer of the vigil, said of her best friend: “She was a great person and everyone that knew her knows that and she didn’t deserve to go out like that. We called her our little sunshine all the time. She would never put herself before anybody, and she would never hold grudges before anybody.”